The Books

This page lists Terry Pratchett’s books, organised chronologically into groups. Each is linked to the corresponding episode(s) of Pratchat, where we have one. (See the Episodes page for a list of Pratchat episodes in release order.) For a more interactive index, try the list of Discworld books on the Guild of Recappers & Podcasters wiki.

Discworld

The Novels

  1. The Colour of Magic (1983) – discussed in #Pratchat14, “City-State Lampoon’s Disc-wide Vacation” (December 2018) with guest Joel Martin.
  2. The Light Fantastic (1986) – discussed in #Pratchat44, “Cosmic Turtle Soup” (June 2021) with guest Joel Martin.
  3. Equal Rites (1987) – discussed in #Pratchat25, “Eskist Attitudes” (November 2019) with guest Claire G Coleman.
  4. Mort (1987) – discussed in #Pratchat2, “Murdering a Curry” (December 2017) with guest Stephanie Convery.
  5. Sourcery (1988) – discussed in #Pratchat3, “You’re a Wizzard, Rincewind” (January 2018), with guest Cal Wilson.
  6. Wyrd Sisters (1988) – discussed in #Pratchat4, “Enter Three Wytches” (February 2018), with guest Elly Squire (aka Clara Cupcakes).
  7. Pyramids (1989) – discussed in #Pratchat5, “Ten Points to Viper House” (March 2018), with guest Richard McKenzie.
  8. Guards! Guards! (1989) – discussed in #Pratchat7A, “The Curious Incident of the Dragon and the Night Watch” (June 2018), with guest Aimee Nichols.
  9. Eric (illustrated by Josh Kirby; 1990) – discussed in #Pratchat7, “All the Fingle Ladies” (May 2018), with guest Georgina Chadderton (aka George Rex).
  10. Moving Pictures (1990) – discussed in #Pratchat10, “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Broomstick” (August 2018), with guest Dan Golding.
  11. Reaper Man (1991) – discussed in #Pratchat11, “At Bill’s Door” (September 2018), with guest Sarah Pearson.
  12. Witches Abroad (1991) – discussed in #Pratchat12, “Brooms, Boats and Pumpkinmobiles” (October 2018), with guest Jackie Tang.
  13. Small Gods (1992) – discussed in #Pratchat16, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Vorbis” (February 2019), with guest Avril Hannah-Jones.
  14. Lords and Ladies (1992) – discussed in #Pratchat17, “Midsummer (Elf) Murders” (March 2019), with guest Nadia Bailey.
  15. Men at Arms (1993) – discussed in #Pratchat1, “Boots Theory” (November 2017), with guest Cal Wilson; revisited in #PratchatNALC, “Twice as Alive” (July 2021).
  16. Soul Music (1994) – discussed in #Pratchat19, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got Rocks In” (May 2019), with guest Fury.
  17. Interesting Times (1994) – discussed in #Pratchat21, “Memoirs of Agatea” (July 2019), with guest David Ryding.
  18. Maskerade (1994) – discussed in #Pratchat23, “The Music of the Nitt” (September 2019), with guest Myf Coghill.
  19. Feet of Clay (1996) – discussed in #Pratchat24, “Arsenic and Old Clays” (October 2019), with guest Nate Byrne.
  20. Hogfather (1996) – discussed in #Pratchat26, “The Long Dark Mr Teatime of the Soul” (December 2019), with guest Michael Williams.
  21. Jingo (1997) – discussed in #Pratchat27, “Leshp Miserablés” (January 2020), with guest Craig Hildebrand-Burke.
  22. The Last Continent (1998) – discussed in #Pratchat29, “Great Rimward Land” (March 2020), with guest Fury; revisited when we were guests on The Compleat Discography S1E23 (October 26, 2021).
  23. Carpe Jugulum (1998) – discussed in #Pratchat36, “Home Alone, But Vampires” (October 2020), with guest Gillian Cosgriff.
  24. The Fifth Elephant (1999) – discussed in #Pratchat40, “The King and the Hole of the King” (February 2021), with guest Richard McKenzie.
  25. The Truth (2000) – discussed in #Pratchat42, “Truth, the Printing Press and Every -ing” (February 2021), with guest Stephanie Convery.
  26. Thief of Time (2001) – discussed in #Pratchat48, “Lu-Tze in the Sky with Lobsang” (October 2021), with guest Ben Riley.
  27. The Last Hero (illustrated by Paul Kidby; 2001; also second edition with additional illustrations, 2002) – discussed in #Pratchat55, “Mr Doodle, the Man on the Moon” (May 2022), with guest Georgina Chadderton (aka George Rex).
  28. The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents (2001) – discussed in episode 33, “Cat, Rats and Two Meddling Kids” (July 2020), with guest Michelle Law.
  29. Night Watch (2002) – discussed in episode 54, “The Land Before Vimes” (April 2022), with guest Nadia Bailey.
  30. The Wee Free Men (2003; illustrated edition 2008) – both editions discussed in #Pratchat32, “Meet the Feegles” (June 2020), with guest Meaghan Dew.
  31. Monstrous Regiment (2003)
  32. A Hat Full of Sky (2004) – discussed in #Pratchat43, “Wee Big Hag: Far Fra’ Home” (May 2021), with guest Dr Sally Evans.
  33. Going Postal (2004) – discussed in #Pratchat38, “Moisten to Steal” (December 2020), with guests Nicholas J Johnson and Lawrence Leung.
  34. Thud! (2005)
  35. Wintersmith (2006) – discussed in #Pratchat51, “Boffoing the Winter Slayer” (January 2022), with guest Garth Nix.
  36. Making Money (2007)
  37. Unseen Academicals (2009)
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight (2010)
  39. Snuff (2011)
  40. Raising Steam (2013)
  41. The Shepherd’s Crown (2015)

Other Discworld books

The “Science” books use stories from the Discworld to examine our own world, dubbed “Roundworld” in The Science of Discworld. Rincewind and the wizards of Unseen University feature prominently in fiction chapters of the Science books, which alternate with non-fiction chapters by Stewart and Cohen. The Folklore book, usually lumped in with those since it’s also about the real world, does not contain any new fiction, but does have excerpts from the novels, and was revised twice to include discussion of every book except The Shepherd’s Crown.

  • The Science of Discworld (with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen; 1999, revised 2002) – both editions discussed in #Pratchat35, “Great Balls of Physics” (September 2020), with guest Anna Ahveninen.
  • The Science of Discworld II – The Globe (with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen; 2002) – discussed in #Pratchat47, “A Finite Number of Shakespeares” (September 2021), with guest Alanta Colley.
  • The Science of Discworld III – Darwin’s Watch (with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen; 2005)
  • The Science of Discworld IV – Judgement Day (with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen; 2013)
  • The Folklore of Discworld (with Jacqueline Simpson; 2008, revised 2009 and 2014)

The following books are (mostly) “in-universe”: books that have either been published somewhere on the Discworld, or are presented as if they have been (even where that seems very unlikely). These include Where’s My Cow? and The World of Poo, children’s books which first appeared in the novels Thud! and Snuff respectively, and Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook, which (along with Mrs Bradshaw herself) appears in Raising Steam. The Discworld Almanak is the Farmer’s Almanak referenced in many of the novels; both it and the cookbook have handwritten notes from the publishers.

  • Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook (with Stephen Briggs and Tina Hannan, illustrated by Paul Kidby; 1999) – discussed in #Pratchat50, “Salt Rat Arsenic Heat” (December 2020), with guest Cal Wilson, and the bonus episode “Oggswatch Feast 2021” (Christmas 2021), with guests Elly Squire, Liam Pieper, Nadia Bailey, Anna Ahveninen and the hosts of fellow Discworld podcasts Wyrd Sisters, The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret and The Compleat Discography.
  • The Discworld Alamanak (with Bernard Pearson; 2004)
  • Where’s My Cow? (2005)
  • World of Poo (2012)
  • Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook (2014)
  • The Nac Mac Feegles’ Big Wee Alphabet Book (via the Discworld Emporium; 2022)

Once the books had fleshed out the world enough, a companion book for reference and expansion purposes was a surety. These were very popular in the days before fan wikis and websites! In a similar vein, there have been many maps (or “mapps”) and map books published detailing Disc geography. All contain additional information not found in the novels, usually in an in-universe style. The later “Compleat” books have a lot more content, compiled with the assistance of the Discworld Emporium, so it’s unclear how much was written by Pratchett himself (though they definitely count as official).

  • The Streets of Ankh-Morpork (with Stephen Briggs; 1993)
  • The Discworld Companion (with Stephen Briggs; 1994 – revised and expanded edition, 1996)
  • The Discworld Mapp (with Stephen Briggs; 1995)
  • A Tourist’s Guide to Lancre (with Stephen Briggs; 1998)
  • Death’s Domain: A Discworld Mapp (1999)
  • The New Discworld Companion (with Stephen Briggs; 2003)
  • The Compleat Ankh-Morpork (via the Discworld Emporium; 2012)
  • Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion…so far (with Stephen Briggs; 2003)
  • The Compleat Discworld Atlas (via the Discworld Emporium; 2015)
  • The Ultimate Discworld Companion (with Stephen Briggs; 2021 – Dunmanifestin edition with additional material, 2022)

Between 1997 and 2015, ten Discworld diaries were produced, offering more information about various organisations on the Disc, particularly the various guilds of Ankh-Morpork. The diaries were never re-printed, but the fiction and illustrations from the diaries have been republished in the Ankh-Morpork Archives series of coffee-table books. (Diaries and journals published after 2015 contain illustrations and quotations from existing works, but no new material, so we’re not listing them here.)

  • The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume 1 (with Stephen Briggs; 2019) collects material originally published in:
    • Discworld’s Unseen University Diary 1998 (with Stephen Briggs; 1997)
    • Discworld Assassins’ Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000 (with Stephen Briggs; 1999)
    • Discworld Thieves’ Guild Yearbook and Diary 2002 (with Stephen Briggs; 2001)
    • Ankh-Morpork Post Office Handbook Diary 2007 (with Stephen Briggs; 2006)
  • The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume 2 (with Stephen Briggs; 2020) collects material originally published in:
    • Discworld’s Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary 1999 (with Stephen Briggs; 1998)
    • Discworld Fools’ Guild Yearbook and Diary 2001 (with Stephen Briggs; 2000)
    • Discworld (Reformed) Vampyre’s Diary 2003 (with Stephen Briggs; 2002)
    • Lu-Tze’s Yearbook of Enlightenment 2008 (with Stephen Briggs; 2007)
  • 2015 Discworld Diary – First & Last Aid; We R Igors (via the Discworld Emporium; 2014)
  • 2016 Discworld Diary – A Practical Manual for the Modern Witch (via the Discworld Emporium; 2015)

Discworld short fiction

Originally published in various fantasy anthologies, magazines, convention booklets and boardgames, these stories and other short Discworld writings are all collected in A Blink of the Screen. Many were also collected in Once More* *with footnotes. (See “Other Books” below for the various collections of Pratchett’s shorter writing.)

  • Troll Bridge” (short story, 1991) – discussed in #PratchatNA7, “A Troll New World” (June 2019), with guest Tansy Rayner Roberts. Features Cohen the Barbarian, and presumably set between The Light Fantastic and Interesting Times.
  • Theatre of Cruelty” (short story, 1993; extended version 1996)
  • The Sea and Little Fishes” (short story, 1998) – discussed in #Pratchat39, “All the Fun of the…Fish?” (January 2021), with guest Marc Burrows. Features Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Lettice Earwig, and set between Maskerade and Carpe Jugulum.
  • The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem” (song and explanatory notes, 1999) – discussed in #Pratchat53, “A (Very) Few Words by Hner Ner Hner” (March 2022).
  • Medical Notes” (in-universe publication, 2002) – discussed in #Pratchat53, “A (Very) Few Words by Hner Ner Hner” (March 2022).
  • Thud: A Historical Perspective” (in-universe commentary, 2002)
  • A Few Words from Lord Havelock Vetinari” (speech, 2002) – discussed in #Pratchat53, “A (Very) Few Words by Hner Ner Hner” (March 2022).
  • Death and What Comes Next” (short story, 2002)
  • A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices” (short story, 2005)
  • Minutes of the Meeting to Form the Proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts” (in-universe notes, 2007)
  • The Ankh-Morpork Football Association Hall of Fame playing cards” (in-universe cards, 2009)

Adaptations for other media

While not the first adaptation of Terry’s work, the first attempt to bring the Discworld to the screen were Cosgrove Hall’s animated series. They were broadcast on Channel 4 as separate episodes, but combined into a feature-length presentation for home video release.

  • Welcome to the Discworld (short based on part of Reaper Man; Cosgrove Hall, 1996)
  • Soul Music (Cosgrove Hall, 1997)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Cosgrove Hall, 1997)

In the 2000s, The Mob – a production company previously best known for producing television commercials – made live-action adaptations of four of the novels for Sky Television. Pratchett had final say on the scripts and appeared in a cameo role in each.

  • Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather (The Mob, 2006)
  • Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic (also adapts The Light Fantastic; The Mob, 2008)
  • Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (The Mob, 2010)

There have been a few more adaptations since then (and one due this year), but all from different companies.

  • Troll Bridge (short; Snowgum Films, 2019)
  • The Watch (eight-part TV series; BBC Studios, 2021) – discussed in #Pratchat52, “A Near-Watch Experience” (February 2022), with guests Fury and Patrick Lenton.
  • The Amazing Maurice (animated feature film; Cantilever Media/Red Star Media/Sky Cinema/Studio Rakete/Squeeze Animation/Ulysses Filmproduktion, 2022)

Non-Discworld books

Early Novels and Stories

The stories featured in the collections below include early but recognisable versions of The Carpet People and Truckers. Most were written under a pseudonym for his local newspaper, the Bucks Free Press, when Pratchett was 17!

  • The Carpet People (1971; revised and republished in 1993)
  • The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)  – discussed in #Pratchat18, “Sundog Gazillionaire” (April 2019), with guest Will Kostakis.
  • Strata (1981)
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle (collected early children’s stories; 2014)
  • The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner (collected early children’s stories; 2016)
  • Father Christmas’s Fake Beard (collected early children’s stories; 2017)
  • The Time-Travelling Caveman (collected early children’s stories; 2020)

The Bromeliad

A personal favourite of Ben’s, this trilogy tells the story of the Nomes, tiny people trying to live outside the notice of humans while finding their way home. The series is also known as “The Book of the Nomes”.

  1. Truckers (1989) – discussed in #Pratchat9, “Upscalator to Heaven” (July 2018), with guest Amie Kaufman.
  2. Diggers (1990) – discussed in #Pratchat13, “Don’t Quarry Be Happy” (November 2018), with guest Marlee Jane Ward.
  3. Wings (1990) – discussed in #Pratchat20, “The Thing Beneath My Wings” (June 2019), with guest Dr Lili Wilkinson.

Johnny Maxwell

The adventures of a regular English schoolboy and his regular English schoolfriends. Oh, and there are aliens, time travel and ghosts.

  1. Only You can Save Mankind (1992) – discussed in #Pratchat28, “All Our Base Are Belong to You” (February 2020), with guest Steve Lamattina.
  2. Johnny and the Dead (1993) – discussed in #Pratchat34, “Only You Can Save Deadkind” (August 2020), with guest Oliver Phommovanh.
  3. Johnny and the Bomb (1996) – discussed in #Pratchat37, “The Shopping Trolley Problem” (November 2020), with guest Will Kostakis.

The Long Earth

  1. The Long Earth (with Stephen Baxter; 2012) – discussed in #Pratchat31, “It’s Just a Step to the West” (May 2020), with guest Joel Martin.
  2. The Long War (with Stephen Baxter; 2013) – discussed in #Pratchat46, “The Helen Green Preservation Society” (August 2021), with guest Deanne Sheldon-Collins.
  3. The Long Mars (with Stephen Baxter; 2014)
  4. The Long Utopia (with Stephen Baxter; 2015)
  5. The Long Cosmos (with Stephen Baxter; 2016)

Other Books

We’re now covering some of the short stories individually; see a list of the ones we’ve covered below. Note that pretty much everything in Once More* *with footnotes appears in the later collections A Blink of the Screen and A Slip of the Keyboard, often with updated notes from the author.

  • The Unadulterated Cat (with Gray Joliffe; 1989) – discussed in #Pratchat22, “The Cat in the Prat” (August 2019), with guest Asimov.
  • Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman, 1990) – discussed in #Pratchat15, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And We Feel Nice and Accurate)” (January 2019), with guests Jennifer Beckett and Amy Gray.
  • Once More* *with footnotes (collected short writings; 2004)
  • Nation (2008) – discussed in #Pratchat41, “The Adventures of Crab Boy and Trouser Girl” (March 2021), with guest Dr Charlotte Pezaro.
  • Dodger (2012) – discussed in #Pratchat6, “A Load of Old Tosh” (April 2018), with guest David Astle.
  • A Blink of the Screen (collected short fiction; 2012)
  • Dodger’s Guide to London (companion book to Dodger; 2013) – discussed (briefly) in #Pratchat6, “A Load of Old Tosh” (April 2018), with guest David Astle.
  • A Slip of the Keyboard (collected non-fiction; 2014)
  • Shaking Hands With Death (non-fiction essay; 2015)

Non-Discworld Short Fiction

  • Twenty Pence, With Envelope and Seasonal Greeting” (1987) – discussed in #Pratchat45, “Hogswatch in Grune” (July 2021), with guest Penelope Love.
  • Once and Future” (1995) – discussed in #Pratchat49, “Once More, With Future” (November 2021), with guest Richard Watts.

Books About Pratchett

There are actually quite a few of these when you start digging, though as we’re avoiding spoilers it’s been hard to discuss works about the man or his works until this stage of the podcast. We’ll work out how and when we can include these – and this list is a work in progress, so it’ll get bigger.

Biographies

  • The Magic of Terry Pratchett (Marc Burrows, 2020; unauthorised)
  • Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes (Rob Wilkins, 2022; official)

Essays

  • Terry Pratchett (Andrew M Butler, 2001)
  • Pratchett’s Women (Tansy Rayner Roberts, 2014; new edition 2018)
  • Philosophy and Terry Pratchett (Jacob Heald and James B South (eds), 2014)